Maymont's American Alligators

Nature & Visitor Center

Discover the wonders of the James River and beyond.

Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm (last entry at 4:45pm)
$3 youth & adults ages 13-59
$2 children ages 4-12 and seniors ages 60+
Free for Maymont members and kids under 4 years old

American Alligators Exhibit

Visit with the largest species of reptile in North America, now featured in an exhibit at the Nature Center. The American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, can grow to a length of 10 to 14 feet and weigh 500 pounds or more, but Maymont’s five young reptiles won’t be quite so menacing. The new additions are one to two years old, measuring approximately eight to 30 inches long. They will live at Maymont at least one year, growing up to 12 inches in 12 months. Two alligators will be on view in a newly-renovated space in the Nature Center galleries, and the others will make appearances during environmental education programs for the public and schools. Also look for the lined seahorses, another new species at the Nature Center.

Venomous Snakes Exhibit

Slither into the Nature Center to see the Venomous Snakes exhibit with three venomous species native to Virginia: Timber Rattlesnake, Eastern Cottonmouth and Northern Copperhead. This is the closest encounter you'll ever want to have with these reptiles...safely behind glass! Exhibit entrance is included with Nature Center admission. Funding provided by The Richard and Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust.

The Robins Nature & Visitor Center at Maymont is dedicated to native Virginia wildlife. Rather than displaying a host of exotic creatures from distant seas, the Nature Center interprets the natural environment of the James River. Guests are astonished to discover the staggering variety of species living in Richmond's own backyard. A 20-foot waterfall cascades into the first of 13 giant, linked aquariums that are home to playful river otters, turtles and fish of all shapes and sizes. Interactive galleries, including a replica of Richmond's floodwall and several aquatic-based displays add to this memorable river experience. Guests learn even more by chatting with animal keepers and aquarists during feeding and otter training demonstrations.

While many guests enjoy self-guided visits through the exhibits, a variety of staff-led educational programs are offered throughout the year. In addition to behind-the-scenes tours, night hikes and many other public programs, the Nature Center is visited annually by nearly 25,000 school children attending classes which reinforce Virginia's Standards of Learning.

To help generate revenue for the continued care of Maymont's animals, there is a fee to enter the Nature Center exhibits: $3 youth and adults ages 13-59; $2 kids ages 4-12 and seniors ages 60+; free for Maymont members and kids under 4 years old. Remember, all groups of 10 or more require a reservation (even for self-guided visits).

Thousands of area families salute the importance of Maymont with their annual membership. Others (including children, families, grandparents, schools, organizations, religious institutions, clubs and businesses) choose to "Adopt an Animal" and provide the funds to feed one particular animal for an entire year.

Also located in the Robins Nature & Visitor Center:
The Visitor Center offers displays and a large topographical map to help guests plan their day, and souvenirs are available for purchase. The Robin's Nest offers light lunch options, snacks, souvenirs, and indoor and outdoor seating with outstanding views of the grounds.